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A woman with a secret. An inquisitive journalist. An ambitious young theatre director. Student opera singers with brilliant voices. Young singers at an opera school learn drama, music, movement and languages. Their passion for opera unites them. Their love affairs, ambition and political views divide them. Nicholas arrives in Melbourne from swinging London in 1968. Baffled by A woman with a secret. An inquisitive journalist. An ambitious young theatre director. Student opera singers with brilliant voices. Young singers at an opera school learn drama, music, movement and languages. Their passion for opera unites them. Their love affairs, ambition and political views divide them. Nicholas arrives in Melbourne from swinging London in 1968. Baffled by the cultural differences he struggles to adjust. He and his aunt, Harriet, quarrel when she refuses to allow him to update operas and the critics scorn the productions she forces on him. The novel follows the progress of five young singers from their auditions to the start of their professional careers. The lives of the characters entwine. Love affairs begin and end. Friends and enemies are made. Arguments about Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War erupt. Convention competes with change. Harriet has a dark secret which is in danger of being made public. Past and present collide as the forces from the past wreak their destruction. Vissi d’arte is about opera, a mystery, ambition, love, betrayal, success and failure.


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A woman with a secret. An inquisitive journalist. An ambitious young theatre director. Student opera singers with brilliant voices. Young singers at an opera school learn drama, music, movement and languages. Their passion for opera unites them. Their love affairs, ambition and political views divide them. Nicholas arrives in Melbourne from swinging London in 1968. Baffled by A woman with a secret. An inquisitive journalist. An ambitious young theatre director. Student opera singers with brilliant voices. Young singers at an opera school learn drama, music, movement and languages. Their passion for opera unites them. Their love affairs, ambition and political views divide them. Nicholas arrives in Melbourne from swinging London in 1968. Baffled by the cultural differences he struggles to adjust. He and his aunt, Harriet, quarrel when she refuses to allow him to update operas and the critics scorn the productions she forces on him. The novel follows the progress of five young singers from their auditions to the start of their professional careers. The lives of the characters entwine. Love affairs begin and end. Friends and enemies are made. Arguments about Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War erupt. Convention competes with change. Harriet has a dark secret which is in danger of being made public. Past and present collide as the forces from the past wreak their destruction. Vissi d’arte is about opera, a mystery, ambition, love, betrayal, success and failure.

44 review for Vissi D'arte: A Story Of Love And Music

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I really LOVED this book! Thanks to the goodreads.com member who recommended this for me! Okay so is there going to be a book 2? Only because it ended abruptly for me and I am hoping to see how things turn out for Phillipa, Harriet, Jacqueline and Richard. Joanna is an amazing writer and seriously this book is extremely unique. First being predominately set in Australia so you have to sort of figure out certain language differences, second there is A LOT of opera talk and I am not educated at all I really LOVED this book! Thanks to the goodreads.com member who recommended this for me! Okay so is there going to be a book 2? Only because it ended abruptly for me and I am hoping to see how things turn out for Phillipa, Harriet, Jacqueline and Richard. Joanna is an amazing writer and seriously this book is extremely unique. First being predominately set in Australia so you have to sort of figure out certain language differences, second there is A LOT of opera talk and I am not educated at all in that area so I learned a lot which was really cool and third it takes place over a 6 year span and so she skips some years, months etc. and although sometimes the skips were really random it was very easy to follow and keep up. Her characters were structured very well and you either grew to love them or totally hate them. I felt very invested in the lives of everyone. I would consider this story a tragic romance, but there is happiness too. Lots of lessons to be learned from the plot.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Holmes

    For anyone who has enjoyed viewing opera, for anyone who has attempted the discipline of the performing arts, Vissi d’arte starts out with the stepping stones - the individuals who enroll in opera school, the lessons they must learn, and the teacher who is an enigma. For anyone who likes a slow build to passion, Vissi d’arte portrays a group of people who, in working together, find themselves in turnabouts of attraction and discovery. The characters lead the reader on, Max the banker who has alw For anyone who has enjoyed viewing opera, for anyone who has attempted the discipline of the performing arts, Vissi d’arte starts out with the stepping stones - the individuals who enroll in opera school, the lessons they must learn, and the teacher who is an enigma. For anyone who likes a slow build to passion, Vissi d’arte portrays a group of people who, in working together, find themselves in turnabouts of attraction and discovery. The characters lead the reader on, Max the banker who has always desired to show off his voice on stage, the young women vying for lead roles, some unsure and one insidious, a director whose favorites wait on his choice, a journalist who uncovers the intrigue behind the curtain, and an opera coach whose past is veiled after her move to Australia. It’s entrancing to identify with a student in the opera school. Their language lessons and their acting practice are carefully depicted while the author shows how the intensity of this art and its student circle can develop into destructive passion. The knives in rehearsal, the parts that are assigned become prelude to a desperate singer’s scheme to obtain a lead singer’s life. But the most operatic of all pasts is that of the teacher, Harriet Shaw, not known to have sung since she left England. Realistic dialogue, details about the restaurants and leased houses the opera students inhabit, their days off at the ocean are all redolent of the performing artist’s life. If a person wonders how much these lives have to do with the stage's stories, Vissi d’arte portrays both the discipline and the off-hours release of this demanding lifestyle.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    I choose this book from a recommendation I received from another Goodreads member. Given the name I would never have selected it on my own. I am thankful for the recommendation and the opportunity try a new author; the book was wonderful!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan Holloway

    this is an utterly exquisite experience for anyone who wants to lose themselves in a world of the senses. But, for all it is set in a world where music is the air the characters breathe, it never gets bogged down, never lets up the beautifully-paced narration. A joy

  5. 4 out of 5

    Crookshanks

    Set mostly in Melbourne, Vissi d’arte is an engaging story which follows the students and staff of the National Theatre Opera School. The author has a gift for bringing each individual character to life, so that like in real life, all characters have both redeeming qualities and flaws and are well fleshed out. By following the classes at the Opera School we also learn about the training of an opera singer. I especially liked the details of the drama classes where the students learn to explore th Set mostly in Melbourne, Vissi d’arte is an engaging story which follows the students and staff of the National Theatre Opera School. The author has a gift for bringing each individual character to life, so that like in real life, all characters have both redeeming qualities and flaws and are well fleshed out. By following the classes at the Opera School we also learn about the training of an opera singer. I especially liked the details of the drama classes where the students learn to explore the characters they will play in the operas as they learn to interpret the songs to truly bring them to life. The story is so well told that while I could have read the book in a day, I found that I enjoyed stopping reading to listen to the parts of the operas that the students were learning to act and sing. This story is not just for opera lovers, as even if you have never heard of the songs mentioned the story is filled with love, hate, secrets, deceit and ambition and there were enough twists in the plot to keep you guessing until the end. The kindle edition is well-formatted and edited. The only flaw I found was a few instances where a strange symbol (question mark in a square on the kindle device, and an arrow symbol in the kindle for pc version) appeared in the text e.g. Location 4113: “Public announcements intended to humiliate (weird symbol)”. This happened about three or four times and unfortunately pulled me out of the story momentarily and I’m hoping that by mentioning this the author will be able edit these out.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette Hornby

    3 and a half Stars. This novel discussed a topic I've never read about - The Opera. I enjoyed the historical content of the story and the different characters. I liked the varied 'love stories' in the book but became frustrated with the constant changes in relationships. However, I still felt the need to keep reading to the end. 3 and a half Stars. This novel discussed a topic I've never read about - The Opera. I enjoyed the historical content of the story and the different characters. I liked the varied 'love stories' in the book but became frustrated with the constant changes in relationships. However, I still felt the need to keep reading to the end.

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